Most of the services of the search engine Google, including online video sharing platform YouTube, have been downloaded worldwide.
In other countries, including Pakistan, India, and Saudi Arabia, YouTube’s service has been severely affected, causing severe problems for users.
Google has not officially confirmed that its services have been affected worldwide, but according to Down Detector, a website that constantly monitors websites’ downtime, most of Google’s countries, including YouTube and Gmail, in most countries. Services are not running.
Google recognized the issues with Gmail, influencing the two its business and individual administrations, at 6:55 AM ET, and said the issue was fixed for the “greater part” of clients at 7:52 AM ET.
Reports quickly mounted on Twitter after users couldn’t access Google’s basic services, causing the hashtag “#YouTube DOWN” to trend. At its peak, the status page for Google’s administrations was an ocean of red, to show they were all enduring a blackout.
The world’s dependence on Google services led to a truly staggering number of reports on Down Detector, with the number of reported YouTube problems peaking at over 100,000. Some users found YouTube was still functional if they visited it in an incognito browser without signing in. Google Workspace apps like Docs and Meet were also down.
On the other hand, a tweet from YouTube said that users are aware of the difficulty in using YouTube and teams are working in this regard.
We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We'll update you here as soon as we have more news.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) December 14, 2020
On the other hand, users are complaining about the difficulty in using Foffal’s services on social media and at the moment, the hashtag YouTube down is also a top trend on Twitter.
In some countries, Google’s services have begun to be restored, but so far nothing has been officially announced.